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Ron Kind visits Eau Claire businesses

April 29, 2011
In The News

Eau Claire Leader Telegram

Business is booming for Dynamic Fabrication and Finishing.

The startup, which helps other companies make their products, has been a tenant at the Chippewa Valley Innovation Center, 3132 Louis Ave., for only fewer than two months. The incubator provides low rent, shared office equipment and business-planning assistance.

"We needed to get a machine in place to get products to customers," said Jason Tambornino, Dynamic president. "(The center) really helped us get started."

Tambornino's brother, Curt Tambornino, is president of CURT Manufacturing in Altoona. Dynamic sells to CURT and other companies as well. It is relocating to nearly 20,000 square feet in Banbury Place. A staff of three will soon be doubling, and Jason Tambornino predicted having 15 to 20 employees by the end of the year.

Such success stories drew U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, for a visit to CVIC on Thursday. Kind also stopped by Huebsch Services to highlight the importance of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which could face funding cuts in the next federal budget. Representatives of both Huebsch and CVIC said they have benefitted from working with the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center, a UW-Stout-based MEP affiliate. The MEP helps manufacturers through the implementation of lean principles and other strategies.

"(It's) able to help companies increase efficiencies and find cost savings where they can, while enhancing their service and quality of their products," Kind said.

MEP is a public-private organization that receives more than $120 million annually in federal funding.

"I think we get a great value for each dollar spent," Kind said. "Helping companies become more competitive is what's required today, and that's what MEP is all about."

CVIC also houses Selective Countertops, Klein Carpentry and Vectrawire.

"The rent is affordable and we have access to a good workforce," said Sarah Conners, general manager at Vectrawire, which makes cables and other products.